Sandy beaches, impressive views & pretty villages

Old Marbella has very pretty side streets and squares, perhaps to sit and enjoy the scent of the “dama de noche”. The whitewashed villages of Mijas, Coin and Ojen are a real delight. Marbella itself is a wonderful shopping centre and also has an excellent choice of restaurants. A word of caution! The term Marbella is used to cover an area which extends some 20 kilometres. 

Things to do on holiday in the Marbella area

Puerto Banus has a fabulous marina and an enormous range of restaurants and cafés – a superb spot for people watching too! 

As you go south towards Gibraltar, the empty beaches and green countryside become more and more noticeable. A day in tiny Gibraltar, still fiercely British, is fun – perhaps take afternoon tea at the Rock Hotel after doing some duty-free shopping.

Further on, the Atlantic coast of Spain is unspoilt and leads to Cadiz or Jerez – home of sherry and the wonderful Royal School of Equestrian Art. The historic cities of Ronda, Granada, Seville and Cordoba have attracted visitors for centuries. 

You can enjoy a wide range of sporting activities – swimming, tennis - there is a ten court centre at the Puento Romano, riding or hire a bicycle. 

Golf in the Marbella area

The most popular sport is probably golf with excellent quality courses to choose from. There are over 50 in this area! Your hotel will book tee off times and provide all the information you will need. 

What else can you do on holiday in Marbella?

Water sports, Tennis and Spas also feature strongly in our Marbella hotels. 

Dining out

In addition to the very good restaurants in our hotels the area in and around Marbella and Puerto Banus has literally hundreds of restaurants with cuisine that includes, American, Arabic, Argentinian, French, Greek, Indian, Italian, Oriental, Portuguese and, of course, Spanish and others. Of course this is the home of the tapas bar, a great way to try lots of different dishes. 

Getting around

This really does depend on how much and how far you want to travel.  If you want to relax at your Marbella luxury hotel or on the beach then local buses or taxis would suffice for the short trips that you may make. 

Taxis are white and are easily available at all hours, either by flagging them down or by ordering one from the hotel concierge. 

Local buses run along the coastline to and from Marbella and operate throughout the day and well into the evening. 

A hire car in this region though would make a real difference if you plan to venture beyond the immediate area, and it does give you so much freedom.  Out of town roads are good, though some in the countryside can have quite a few bends, but the condition is generally good.  In town – well, as with any busy place, park up and make the most of the local atmosphere by walking wherever you can.  If you decide to change the private transfer we include in your holiday and drive yourself from the airport, this is not difficult particularly if you take the new motorway, there is a small toll to pay though. 

Transfer or Hire Car?

A hire car in this region would make a real difference.

We will have included a private transfer to your chosen hotel direct from Malaga Airport. However, you may prefer to have a hire car waiting for you when you land – we can arrange this easily for you – and as your holiday price includes a transfer, the additional cost is very reasonable. In fact in most cases there is no additional cost for seven days car hire for two guests in a Group B car. Baby seats in transfers are required by law and are at a charge unless you are taking your own - please let us know. 

Things to buy include:

Wine, sherry, ham, ceramics, tiles, leather and basketwork. 


A taxi will be waiting for you on arrival at Malaga Airport to transfer you directly to your chosen hotel. Our local agent will always be available to help you in case of need and the telephone number will be on your itinerary. We do not have a representative to visit you, as we do feel the hotel’s guest relations desks are excellent and are on hand at all times.